Providence High School (Charlotte, N.C.) pitcher Ty Buttrey skipped his graduation rehearsal for a chance to live out a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: being drafted by a Major League Baseball team. Most sports fans would support Buttrey’s decision, but the administration at Providence is not so understanding.
Because of a school district rule, Buttrey reportedly may not be allowed to walk at his graduation on Tuesday after missing the rehearsal. It’s a ruling that his principal is upholding for now.
Buttrey, 19, was selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round (151st overall) of the MLB Draft on Monday. His family was under assumption that he needed to be available when he was drafted even though an MLB spokesman told WBTV that is not true. Buttrey and his family tried to work out an exception for him, including asking for the chance to use his phone during rehearsal in the event he were drafted, but school officials wouldn’t make any accommodations. So, with the blessing of his dad, he skipped out on the practice altogether.